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>> from comedy central's world news headquarters in new york this is the daily show with jon stewart. (cheers and applause) captioning sponsored by comedy central >> jon: hey welcome to the daily show my name is jon stewart. we have a show for you tonight. tonight's guest we're honored georgia congressman and a representive john lewis is going to be on the program. >> (cheers and applause) >> jon: very excited about that. this weekend congressman lewis celebrated a momentous and historic anniversary three years gluten-free. nice. good job.
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(applause) >> jon: also this weekend marked the another thing. >> in alabama some 80,000 people march in sunday to mark a turning point in the u.s. civil rights struggle. the 50th anniversary of selma's bloody sunday. on that day hundreds of demonstrators attempted to march 50 miles from selma to the alabama state capitol to demand the right to vote for black americans. >> jon: that guy i was talking, you see him with the trench coat and backpack that's john lewis! that's him! he was like the first guy over the bridge. on his way to billy club alley marching in great danger for civil rights. look at you just sitting there [bleep]. yeah i see you. how is the ben & jerry's hero? sorry. (laughter)
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i don't know why i turned that into a personal attack on you the viewer. georgia congressman is now 75 years old. saturday his 25-year-old saturday was not far from his thoughts. >> if someone had told me that we were crossing this bridge, that one day i would be back here introduced as the first african-american president, i would have said you're crazy. you're out of your mind. you don't know what you're talking about. >> jon: that's inspiring. i think that is a very inspiring thing. i'm to the going to obviously tell the people who ran the commemoration in selma how to do the job. if it's me i get the first guy over the bridge fighting for civil rights an apple box. i get him an apple box. i understand the president is there, he's very tall and they set up the microphone for him. but-- (laughter) >> jon: as a man of similar stature, i'm sorry i'm very sensitive to this type of
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thing. i feel like-- can can a brother get a phone book is what i'm saying. just to stand on. and then it was time for that african-american president to deliver the remarks a young john lewis thought he would never hear. >> what greater form of patriotism is it than the belief that america is not yet finished. that we are strong enough to be self-critical. that each successive generation can look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals. >> jon: no, once again barack hussein o polling-- o-pology refuses to acknowledge american successful everyone knows the greatest form of patriotism is having the courage to admit our perfection-- perfection. preferably in flag pin form.
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let me tell you something if we weren't number one would they be allowed to sell those? (laughter) please continue mr. president. your assault on real america. >> when it feels the road's too hard, when the torch we've been passed feels too heavy, we will remember these early travelers and draw strength from their example. and hold firmly to the words of the prophet isaiah. those who hope in the lord will renew their strength. they will soar on the wings like eagles. they will run and not grow weary. they will walk and not be faint. >> jon: (laughter) >> jon: sorry, sorry. i'm not crying. i am a leverage ig-- allergic to being inspired. wow! that was incredible. the 50th anniversary of the bloody sunday march is an important and inspiring moment in history. it's relevant-- relevance
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not lost on those sent to cover it. >> the drone video. >> this drone video stands as a testament to and reminder of the courageous people. >> taken by a cnn drone camera. >> cnn used a drone during our shooting of the story. with the new faa regulations. >> that footage was extraordinary and really helped tell the story. (laughter) >> jon: yes, what extraordinary bridge drone footage. without that footage we wouldn't have known what kind of bridge they marched across. a gentle bridge jeff bridges. bridget fonda-- we don't-- getting bridge footage is notoriously tricky base on how shaky bridges can be. can we get back to the historical commemoration of the march? >> tell us how this came to be. >> the whole team worked
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very hard to show people images of that bridge. >> it really kind of-- remembers 50 years ago how powerful video was letting the country know what was going on here. we talked to so many people who watched that drone go up and they were happy we were taking that look with that special piece of equipment. (laughter) >> jon: one man one man was so moved he remarked i have a drone! (laughter) that one day-- that one day sons of slaves and sons of slave owners could sit together and say oh yeah look at that. i have a drone! that a news channel will be judged not by the content of its content but by the uselessness of its gizmos. can we just get back to the commemoration of the struggle. >> so ryan while that is
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incredible view, it certainly did not exempt few that it is just that easy for anyone to put a drone up with a camera and start taking pictures. >> jon: not that struggle! (laughter) you know cnn i promise you everyone would be fine with your cnn technology if you would just shut the [bleep] up about it. stop acting-- (cheers and applause) >> jon: like you-- you have to-- stop acting like you launched a space station or made an apple watch. you got drone footage. which we can now add to the 495,000 other drone footage videos on youtube. or say every dad who found the best buy insert in the newspaper. for god's sakes the daily showed used a drone in a field piece and we're idiots am but it makes me wonder, if cnn was able to make the commemoration about how cool
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their coverage was could their competition be equally true to their signature style. for instance could fox take this commemoration of courageous civil rights marchers and somehow turn it into white conservative victimization? >> critics once again are accusing "the new york times" of having a liberal bias. >> not anything missing from the front page of the "new york times". >> the paper crossed president george w. bush and his wive laura out of the front page picture from the selma alabama anniversary watch. >> oversight? or on purpose? (applause) >> jon: you are amazing. you know for me it's kind of readily apparent when you see the two photos side-by-side that "the new york times" has a distinct bias against [bleep] pictures. bottom picture you can't tell what is going on.
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but that doesn't stop if you finding the aggrieved white man angle. cnn may have flying robot cameras-- that drone. oh no please don't -- please don't tell me that-- oh cnn we get it. you have a drone. somebody get me a net and a baseball bat. we'll be right back! (cheers and applause) ♪ [rock and
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wanna get roped in? >> jon: welcome back, my guest long time congressman representing georgia's great fifth district with his graphic novel, the secretary in a series of three. called the march. congressman john lewis. (cheers and applause) senator john lewis! >> (cheers and applause) >> jon: thank you for being here. >> i'm happy to be here. >> jon: we're -- >> delighted to be here. >> jon: couldn't be more honored, sir. i want to talk to you just to get a context of this. because i think we have a tennessee, even in the images, you see them they are black and white. they tend to feel like history, that they are not
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recent history for americans. when did you begin your journey into the civil rights movement. >> i grew up in rural alabama 50 miles from montgomery outside of a little place called troy. and i was only about 7 or 8 years old. we would go downtown to the theater. and all of us black children had to go upstairs to the balcony. and all of the little white children went downstairs to the first floor. bless my mother my am father, grandparents when i asked y they said that's the way it is. don't get in their way. don't get in trouble. i saw the sign at the water fountain, white and coloured. but in 1955 15 years old i heard of rosa parks her dr. king. and the action of rosa parks the words and leadership of dr. king inspired me. and when i was 17 i met rosa parks. the next year 1958 i met
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martin luther king, jr.. changed my life. and inspired me to find a way to get in the way. and i got in trouble. but i call good trouble. necessary trouble. (applause) >> jon: when you met dr. king was it difficult to get a meeting with dr. king? and when you met dr. king was it, did you just want to get involved? because you became one of the first freedom riders. >> i wrote him a letter. i wanted to attend a little college ten miles from my home. i never heard a word from the college. so i wrote him a letter. he wrote me back and sent me a round trip greyhound bus ticket. now travel from that little town of troy to montgomery. and a young lawyer picked me up at the bus station and took me to this church. its with a colleague of dr. king and ushered me into the office of the church. and i was told dr. martin
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luther king, jr. and the reverend were standing behind the desk. i was so scared. i -- know what to say or what to do. and dr. king said are you the boy from troy? >> jon: wow. >> are you john lewis? >> and i said dr. king i am john robert lewis. i gave my whole name. and he started calling me the boy from troy. >> jon: what an amazing experience. how great a writer must you have been to sen this man a letter that he thought we have to get this guy over to the office. >> he saw something in me. maybe he saw something in my handwriting. >> jon: i think he felt the passion. so this is an image we are have from that-- fateful day in selma. that is you at the front i believe, is that dr. king right next to you? you can see that image? can you see that? >> the young man walking beside me was on dr. king's staff. jose williams. the two of us were leading
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the march on that day, march 7th 1965. >> stephen: and-- . >> jon: and that's on the bridge. here's the next image. this is you just crossed the bridge and this is i guess is this -- >> this is alabama state troopers. and we get to this point the state trooper speaks up and says this is an unlawful march. you will not be allowed to continue. i give you three minutes to disperse and return to your homes or to your church. and jose williams said major give us a moment to neil and play. and the major said troopers advancement so these men coming toward us put on their gas masks. they started beating us with night sticks. >> jon: so that is the next shot here that is you. that's john lewis. >> i was very young then. i was that years old.
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i had all my hair and a few pounds lighter. >> jon: what strikes me is you had your hands in your pockets. >> yes. >> jon: was that something sort of the significance being i will not raise my hands to you. i will not protest and be violent. we are just here -- >> on that day we were so quiet. we were so peaceful it was like military discipline. and we believed in the philosophy and the discipline for nonviolence. we had been taught we had been trained. we just wanted to make it from selma to montgomery to draum advertise to the nation and to the world that people of color in alabama wanted to register to vote. and a place like selma only 2.1 percent of black people were registered to vote. had to pass a literacy test. people were asked to count their numbers on a bar of soap the number of jelly beans in a car josh there
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were black lawyers and teachers and college professors who were told they could not read an write well enough. so we had to change it. >> jon: the important thing to remember is this is during your lifetime. this is not something, this is not a part of our past that exists only in photographs. they are still very vital members of our society who bother witness to that it is such an important lesson for people today. >> well people must understand, and that's why we did these two books here march book one and book two to tell the story about young people, so our children and their children will understand what happened and never forget it. >> jon: that's what we'll talk about. we will come back an talk about how you got inspirred of the graphic novel of martin luther king and how you did the same. we'll be back with more congressman john lewis rig
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. >> jon: we're back. we're with georgia congressman john lewis talking about the 50th commemoration of bloody sunday. now you've got these graphic novels that the idea that you know, it helps young people to sort of get a sense of what you went through. this one where you are there sitting on a lunch counter protest. >> yes 19 of 0 20 years old. at a lunch counter in downtown nashville. >> jon: what are you looking for a tuna sandwich tuna melt. >> no i was just trying to get a sandwich. a little something maybe a milk shake. >> jon: the second one here this is when you were with the freedom writer this is the greyhound bus that you were riding. >> may of 1961 we went to
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d.c., the train. '61 the same year that president obama was born. back in 1961 black people and white people couldn't board a bus and be seated together. we traveled to virginia north carolina, south carolina georgia alabama. >> jon: this is years after rosa parks. >> oh yeah oh yeah yeah. >> jon: so you went down. and they fire bombed the bus. >> they fire bombed the bus. and later they beat us at the greyhound bus station in montgomery. and left us bloody and unconscious. and president kennedy and robert kennedy intervened. president kennedy-- the alabama national guard. put the city of montgomery under martial law. they tried to bomb or burn down the church where i first met dr. king. it was unbelievable unreal. >> jon: jump ahead now it's 50 years later and you know, we see a bit of dismembering of this voting rights act.
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you know in congress it was sponsored by i think conyers and brenner. they wanted to redo the equation of the voting rights act because roberts said let congress fix this. it's time to change. but they won't let it come up for a vote. what are your thoughts on that? >> well, we need to fix it. when the supreme court issued that decision i wanted to cry. i couldn't cry but i wanted to cry. it was so sad. you know as you well know and you stated i gave a little blood on that bridge almost died. thought i was going to die. >> jon: you they fractured your skull. >> yeah, yeah. and we are going to fix it we're going to find a way to fix it. the vote is precious. it's almost sacred. the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society. we try to tell the story to make it real to make it plain. when i was visiting
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dr. martin luther king's church in atlanta and he would be preaching. and his father was there. make it plain son make it plain, make it real. and that's what we attempt to do in these two books. >> jon: it's humbling to be in your presence. do you feel the weight of that pride of being able to accomplish what you accomplished? and do you feel a melancholly at the job never being done maybe never ever being done? >> well i feel that the struggle-- struggle is not a struggle just for a few days a few weeks a month, a year. it is a struggle of a lifetime. many lifetimes. and i feel more than lucky but very blessed that i'm still here to tell the story to try to inspire another generation of young people to get out there and push to stand up and speak up and speak out. and get in the way the same way that my generation got in way. >> jon: get in trouble. >> good trouble, necessary
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trouble. >> jon: thank you, sir. >> thank you. (cheers and applause) >> jon: congressman john lewis. get the book. thanks to the true fans of the bell. thanks to the sriracha maniacs. without all of you, we never would have thought of this. the new sriracha quesarito. layers of our insanely good sriracha sauce in the quesarito you love. only at taco bell. [sfx: bong} pain from your day can haunt you at night, don't let it. advil pm gives you the healing sleep you need
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but with every well considered detail, it becomes one step closer. no wonder more people choose delta than any other airline. >> jon: that's all for us. but it's monday. we're checking in with larry wilmore at the nightly show. larry what is happening. >> hey jon thanks. tonight we're covering a lot of topics. selma bill cosby in his pajamas and the new apple watch. >> jon: i'm going to get one of those can't wait. >> larry: let me finish. the new apple watch and all the underpaid people toiling away in factories to make it. sorry, jon you were saying? >> jon: nothing nothing. >> larry: yeah, i want one too jon are we hint crits jon? >> jon: no my friend, we're american. >> larry: right, totally different totally different. >> larry: . >> jon: larry wilmore. here isure moment of zen.
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>> former president truman was quoted from the ap saying that the march from selma, and this was his word, was silly. >> i think it was the most powerful and dramatic civil rights protest that has ever taken place in theentral captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> larry: tonightly, obama celebrates selma's golden anniversary. to commemorate, please give any black people that you know all of your gold. from obama's selma speech to tim cook's apple watch speech. from we shall overcome to we shall overpay. how responsible are we for how our products are made? willy wonka never seemed that concerned. pop in your ever lasting

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